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26 October 2013 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 1889 F St., NW, Washington, D.C., USA 20006 Telephone: (202) 370-9000 | Fax: (202)458-3992 E-mail: cidhoea@oas.org & cidhdenuncias@oas.org American Civil Liberties Un. Fnd 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY, 10004 Tel. 212.549.2500 / Fax 212.549.2651 Steven M Watt (swatt@aclu.org) ACLU Human Rights (humanrights@aclu.org)

Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Fax: +41 22 917 9006 Email: freedex@ohchr.org

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CC: National Security Agency: General K. Alexander Rights of Nature Questions for ACLU, Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue & and the Open Society Justice Initiative, at the 28 October 2013 InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) hearing on Freedom of Expression and Communications Surveillance by the United States. Participants: State of the United States, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) Questions for ACLU:

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FACT: On 22 July 2013, a Rights of Nature Æquilibriæx Amicus Brief was submitted to the NSA surveillance matter of ACLU et al v Clapper et al (PDF1); in the Southern District Court of New York, before Judge William H Pauly, US District Court, S. District of New York. The ACLU have so far failed to provide their consent to the court hearing and considering the Rights of Nature Æquilibriæx Amicus Brief arguments and evidence. ACLU QUESTION 1: Why has the ACLU declined to consent to the court hearing and considering the Rights of Nature Æquilibriæx Amicus Brief arguments and evidence?

Questions for Open Society Justice Initiative: FACT: On 07 July 2013, a Rights of Nature Æquilibriæx Amicus Brief was submited to USA v Snowden (PDF2); before Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson, US District Court Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria; United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia. Edward Snowden has so far failed to acknowledge receipt or consent to the court hearing and considering the Rights of Nature Æquilibriæx Amicus Brief arguments and evidence. OPEN JUSTICE SOCIETY QUESTION 1: Why has Edward Snowden failed to acknowledge receipt or consent to the public discussing or the court hearing and considering the Rights of Nature Æquilibriæx Amicus Brief arguments and evidence, with regard to NSA surveillance issues?

Questions for ACLU, Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue & Open Society for Justice Initiative: FACT: The Opinion of Weeramantry J in the Case Concerning the GabcikovoNagymaros Project3 (Hungary v Slovakia) (1998) argues – like ecology – that a healthy ecological environment, with due regard for maintaining consumption and procreation below carrying capacity limits is a sine qua non for all other constitutional rights. (b) Environmental Protection as a Principle of' International Law The protection of the environment is likewise a vital part of contemporary human rights doctrine, for it is a sine qua non for numerous human rights such as the right to health and the 1

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right to life itself. It is scarcely necessary to elaborate on this, as damage to the environment can impair and undermine all the human rights spoken of in the Universal Declaration and other human rights instruments.

FACT: Extensive Environment/Overshoot-Scarcity-Conflict documentation from military and intelligence agencies, united nations and governments, NGO’s and academic reports, etc, collectively document how legislative failure to restrict humanity’s procreation and consumption to cultural carrying capacity limits, and Legal Matrix Indulgences to Corporations: Socialized Corporate Externality Costs: Trillion Dollar Thefts from Global Natural Capital Commons4, has resulted in humanity’s ecological overshoot of carrying capacity limits by between 700 to 400,000 percent5; which include crossing urgent Planetary Boundary Tipping Points6: (i) Loss of Biodiversity and Species Extinctions7; (ii)

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Climate Change8; (iii) Nitrogen Cycle9; (iv) Ocean Acidification10; (v) Changes in Land Use11; (vi) Global Freshwater Use12; (vii) State Shift in the Earth’s Biosphere13; (viii) Peak Non-Renewable Natural Resources: Scarcity14; with devastating current climate-resource-scarcity-conflict and refugees, and impending threat multiplier aggravation of crisis of ‘scarcity-conflict’ death spiral consequences; exponentially aggravating the task of individuals responsible for ‘national security’ issues.

ALL QUESTION 1: Does the ACLU/Special Rapporteur/Open Justice Society Foundation believe that citizens whose procreation and consumption violate carrying capacity limits – i.e. whose breeding and consumption directly contribute to ecological overshoot, resource scarcity and scarcity-conflict related national security issues – should be entitled to ‘privacy’ from surveillance. Put differently, should citizens and corporations who decline to fail to uphold their duties and responsibilities to nature’s rights; and whose behaviour impairs and undermines all natures rights, and all the human rights in the Universal Declaration of rights and other rights instruments; be entitled to the ‘right to privacy from national security related surveillance’?

FACT: Media Censorship of Environment-Scarcity-Conflict refers to a corporate media socialized externality cost. Like all corporations, media corporations work to maximize their profits, by maximizing revenues while minimizing costs, by externalizing – avoid paying – as many costs as possible, externalizing them to society. Journalists are aware of how population and consumption affect ecological overshoot, scarcity and scarcity induced conflict, but avoid including such context to socio-political problem stories, because it directly and indirectly15 conflicts with their population and consumption growth profit motives. Numerous studies such as Dr. Michael Maher’s study: How and Why Journalists Avoid Population 8

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Environment Connection (PDF16), document how the mainstream media’s conscious censorship of the population/consumption-overshoot-scarcity-conflict contextual connection in their reporting on environment, scarcity and conflict related events, is a significant cause of the public’s general ecological illiterate inability to make informed environmental decisions, ignorance of the ecological overshoot state of our planet, and its impending scarcity-conflict consequences. Dr. Maher did a random sample of 150 stories about urban sprawl, endangered species and water shortages, and found that only 1 in ten framed population growth as a source of the problem. Other studies conducted by Media Matters in the US show that (i) in recent 2013 wildfire coverage, only 6 percent of total wildfire items mentioned climate change 17; (ii) in Midwest flood coverage, only 3 percent of stories mentioned climate change18; (iii) in 2012, the nightly news covered the royal family more than climate change 19; (iv) a recent study documenting the warmest year on record received cool media coverage20, almost entirely censoring scientists from climate change discussion 21; (v) in 2012, the Kardashians got 40 times more news coverage than ocean acidification, which affects over 50% of US fishery revenues22; (vi) in 2012, TV media covered Joe Biden’s smile nearly twice as much as climate change23, and Paul Ryan’s workout, three times more than record Arctic Sea Ice loss24. A media publication’s accurate contextual environmental information is to a citizen’s healthy, constructive problem solving decision-making, no different what an organic farmer’s food is to a body’s cells energy conversion decision-making and problem solving. Similarly a media publication’s inaccurate information-food, including 16

How and Why Journalists Avoid Population-Environment Connection, www.scribd.com/doc/33694415 (i) Fitzsimmons Jill (9 May 2013): "New Normal" of California Wildfirers Doesn't Make the News; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/05/07/study-media-ignore-climate-context-of-midwestf/193936 (ii) Greenberg Max (3 July 2013): Study: Media Still Largely Fail to Put Wildfires in Climate Context; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/07/03/study-media-still-largely-fail-to-putwildfires/194733 18 Fitzsimmons Jill (7 May 2013): Study: Media Ignore Climate Context of Midwest Floods; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/05/07/study-media-ignore-climate-context-of-midwest-f/193936 19 Fitzsimmons Jill (14 May 2013): Nightly News Covered the Royal Family More than Climate Change in 2012; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/05/09/new-normal-of-california-wildfires-doesntmake/193991 20 (i) Fitzsimmons Jill (8 January 2013): Study: Warmest Year on record received Cool Climate Coverage; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/01/08/study-warmest-year-on-record-received-coolclim/192079; (ii) Fitzsimmons Jill (11 March 2013): CBS Ignores Study Finding Temperatures Are Highest in 4,000 Years, Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/03/11/cbs-ignores-study-findingtemperatures-are-high/193003 21 Fitzsimmons Jill (15 August 2012): Study: TV Media Ignore Climate Change in Coverage of Record July Heat; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/08/15/tv-media-ignore-climate-change-incoverage-of-r/189366 22 Theel Shauna (27 June 2012): Study: Kardashians Get 40 Times More News Coverage than Ocean Acidification ; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/06/27/study-kardashians-get-40-timesmore-news-covera/186703 23 Fitzsimmons Jill (13 November 2012): Study: TV Media covered Biden's Smile nearly twice as much as Climate Change; Media Matters http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/11/13/study-tv-media-coveredbidens-smile-nearly-twic/191341 24 Fitzsimmons Jill (27 September 2012): Study: TV News covered Paul Ryan's Workout 3x More than Record Arctic Sea Ice Loss; Media Matters. http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/09/27/study-tv-newscovered-paul-ryans-workout-3x-mor/190165 17

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where the inaccuracy results from the intentional omission of important contextual environmental information, is as toxic and debilitating to an individual’s decision making and problem solving, or collectively to a citizenry’s decision-making and problem solving, as a farmer’s toxic pesticide or genetically modified biological foodstuffs can be.

ALL QUESTION 2: Why have Civil Rights organisations around the world demanded that citizen’s be informed by farmers and retailers of the organic, or lack of organic quality of the food they purchase; yet civil rights organisations around the world fail to demand that citizens be informed by media publications, of the quality of organic information (i.e. such as media publications intentional omission of important contextual ecological information related to scarcity-conflict news events they report upon) they purchase?

Sincerely,

Lara Johnstone MILINT Earth Day Disclosure: Please note (i) Declaration of JAG Lt. Cdr. Lara Braveheart, to US Navy Judge Advocate General: Vice Admiral Nanette Derenzi: RE: NSA Æquilibriæx Sustainable Security Theses Ecology of Peace v. Near Term Extinction campaign (PDF25); (ii) Declaration of Lara Johnstone with regard to Authorizing National Security Agency Psychotronic Surveillance (PDF26).

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